Eddie Redmayne Officially Joins Cast of Harry Potter Prequel – Eddie Redmayne is officially joining the Harry Potter family!
After months of speculation surrounding whether or not the Oscar winner is going to be cast in the upcoming prequel, E! News confirms that Redmayne has signed on for Warner Bros.’ Future Beasts and Where to Find Them. Redmayne, a British actor, won the Oscar for best actor this year for portraying physicist Stephen Hawking, who has motor neurone disease (ALS) in the biographical movie, The Theory of Everything.
In case you missed that fun little tidbit, Redmayne will portray Newt Scamander, “the Wizarding World’s preeminent magizoologist,” who spends his time traveling the magical globe, documenting its creatures, and publishing a Hogwarts history textbook, which is referenced in the series as a book that Harry, Ron, and Hermoine obsess over and serves as the inspiration for the prequel.
Warner Bros. announced back in October that an entire trilogy was in the works, with the three films set for respective release in 2016, 2018 and 2020. The studio had no comment on the casting report.